West Ham have been battling for consistency in the Premier League so far this season and the first few months of the campaign show there is still work to be done.
Manuel Pellegrini splashed in excess of £100m to bolster his Hammers squad during the summer transfer window, bringing in the likes of Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson, but he could have spent more if all his advances were successful.
According to The Evening Standard, West Ham made a late push on Deadline Day in an attempt to land Franck-Andre Zambo Anguissa ahead of London rivals Fulham – though it was the Cottagers that eventually secured his signature.
That was seen as a blow to West Ham, particularly as injury issues for Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez have left the Hammers short on options in the middle of the park, but criticisms towards Anguissa from Fulham fans after Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield suggest Pellegrini dodged a bullet.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
It's easy to over react after such a bleak performance, and I'm guilty of many exaggerations over the years.
I struggle to recall a worse individual performance in the premier league than Anguissa offered tonight. £30 million makes a mockery of the sport. #ffc
— Ross McSweeny (@ross_mcsweeny) November 5, 2018
Has anguissa played football before
— Nick Cordrey (@Corge89) November 5, 2018
Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa is diabolical. Never seen a player look so lost on the pitch. #FFC
— Alex Harris (@Alex_Harris1991) November 5, 2018
Anguissa is the biggest waste of money we've ever had.
— Monopoly Dog (@DogMonopoly) November 1, 2018
God I hate Anguissa so much
— D (@FFCDom2) November 5, 2018
30 million for this Anguissa, a hopeless defensive midfielder. Absolutely mental
— Tom (@ToonTomm) November 5, 2018
Anguissa is a worst signing than Marlet. Period. #ffc
— Russ Noble (@noble_r1) November 5, 2018
@FulhamFC I love this club, but I’m speechless. Whole of the first half there was no effort, no desire to win! I’m sorry but Anguissa and Seri were useless today, combined fee of 50mil. This defeat hurts more than others because we are so much better than that! #FFC #COYW #HUDFUL
— Louis Hazelwood (@louis_hazelwood) November 5, 2018
Absolutely bonkers. We’ve somehow recruited worse than QPR did when they were in the Prem. spineless additions who clearly aren’t up for the fight. Seri doesn’t look fit for Barca B, Anguissa has been chasing shadows since he got to London. Times up for Slav. #FFC
— FullOfFulham (@FullOfFulham) November 5, 2018
Zambo anguissa is absolutely terrible, 30 mill? Pants down #FFC
— MikeB (@MKB_FFC) November 5, 2018